Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy, Updated

Series
Pearson
Author
Allen P Wilcoxon / Theodore P. Remley / Samuel T. Gladding  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
5
Language
English
Total pages
432
Pub.-date
January 2013
ISBN13
9780133377446
ISBN
013337744X
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For those studying counseling ethics and marriage and family counseling.

 

A best-selling text rich in case studies that reflects on the unique complexities of marriage, couples, and family counseling.

 

Developed for students, educators, supervisors, and practitioners alike, this text examines the significant classical and contemporary issues in marriage and family therapy. The text opens with a thoughtful discussion of client and therapist worldviews, value sensitive care, the ecology of therapy, and commonalities between personal and professional acculturation. Following the book’s preliminary discussion, the text moves on to consider the legal, ethical, and professional issues that marriage and family therapists face each day as well as the best strategies for navigating these issues.

 

The updated Fifth Edition includes a number of new topics, including multicultural issues reflecting institutional oppression; boundary, competency, and liability concerns associated with technology-based client care; the significance of supervision in both skill acquisition and professional acculturation in one’s early career; nontraditional family care; conflicts between legal and ethical obligations; emerging issues in MFT licensure; and ethical and empirical considerations related to evidence-based care.

 

NOTE TO READERS

 

Occasional revisions to ethical codes occur between editions of texts.  Any revisions of ethical codes/principles cited in this edition may be found at the following:

 

 

Code of Ethics for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - http://www.aamft.org/imis15/content/legal_ethics/code_of_ethics.aspx

 

 

Code of Ethics for the American Counseling Association - http://www.counseling.org/Resources/CodeOfEthics/TP/Home/CT2.aspx

 

Code of Ethics for the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors - www.iamfconline.org

 

Code of Ethics for the National Association of Social Workers - http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/default.asp

 

 

Ethics Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct for the American Psychological Association - http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

 

 

 

Features

  • The impact and use of technology in marriage and family therapy
    Contemporary marriage and family therapy features considerable reliance on technology-based systems as primary or ancillary aspects of care.  Whether for data storage/management, supplemental resources for therapy, or on-line means of intervention, careful attention to the impact of technology is a must for informed marriage and family therapists.
     
  • Substantive comparisons between five ethical codes for mental health disciplines offer expansive views into ethical propriety in client care.
    Many marriage and family therapists come from a traditional MFT background and have their professional identity as MFTs.  However, others come from disciplines such as counseling, psychology, and social work.  Examining the code entries from related disciplines informs the ethical practitioner about considerations that may extend beyond those featured in their primary professional code of ethics.
  • Extensive discussion of derivatives of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)Federal legislation within the HIPAA have led to the emergence of substantive ethical, legal, and professional issues for marriage and family therapists. The impact of HIPAA is examined relative to each of these spheres throughout the text.

New to this Edition

  • New Ethical Code – An examination of the 2012 Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Case examples located in three special chapters allow readers to consider realistic client situations and considerations as they cover related topics and content in the text. 
  • “Reflections” features located throughout the text offer illustrations and accompanying stimulus questions that promote discussions and thought in graduate classes, group settings, or other forums of professional dialogue. 
  • A revised discussion of value-sensitive care and the ecology of therapy concerning layers of values and sources of power within families allow readers to examine the distinct and often competing personal and systemic factors affecting their care for clients. 
  • An emphasis on professional acculturation in decision-making provides pre-service counselors with a unique framework for examining dissonance and finding balance in the personal and professional roles of therapists.  
  • An examination of mandatory versus discretionary actions in ethical behavior helps students distinguish between the compelling requirements in ethical codes versus their responsible freedom for judgment based on their professional acculturation in ethical decision-making. 
  • An expanded discussion of multicultural concerns give readers the opportunity to consider both established and novel strategies for increasing their culturally sensitive care with individuals, couples, and families. 
  • Coverage of emergent legal issues and recent court cases give readers the opportunity to contemplate their existing therapy, supervisory, instructional, or research practices in light of contemporary legal decisions. 
  • Coverage of new professional issues and research allow readers to reflect upon the most current information affecting their professional identity, options for professional development, and anticipated challenges for care with individuals, couples, and families.
  • A revised format and updated references provides students with an even more thoughtful presentation of information as well as a significant number of new references and resources.

Table of Contents

PART I  Acculturation, Worldview, and Value-Sensitive Care: Foundations for Practice Decisions

CHAPTER 1 Values as Context for Therapy 

CHAPTER 2 Professional Acculturation and the Ecology of Therapy
 

PART II Ethical Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy 

CHAPTER 3 Promoting Ethical Practice: Principles, Traditions, and Considerations

CHAPTER 4  Unique Ethical Considerations in Marriage and Family Therapy - Principle Distinctions

CHAPTER 5 Unique Ethical Considerations in Marriage and Family Therapy - Practice Distinctions

CHAPTER 6 Intimate Partner Violence and the Ecology of Therapy

CHAPTER 7 Contemporary Ethical Issues – Contextual Matters

CHAPTER 8 Contemporary Ethical Issues – Practice Matters

CHAPTER 9 Ethical Accountability: A Casebook

PART III Legal Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy  

CHAPTER 10  The Marriage and Family Therapist: Roles and Responsibilities Within the Legal System

CHAPTER 11  Family Law 

CHAPTER 12  Legal Considerations
 

PART IV Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy 

CHAPTER 13  Professional Issues: Identity, Affiliation, and Transitions as a Marriage and Family Therapist 

CHAPTER 14  Professional Issues: Supervision, Licensure, and Professional Development as a Marriage and Family Therapist

CHAPTER 15  Contemporary Professional Issues – Questions and Responses

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Thoughtful and reflective, this best-selling text on marriage and family therapy opens with a groundbreaking discussion of value-sensitive care, the ecology of therapy, and acculturation. Armed with this extensive knowledge and insight, students then delve into the traditional and contemporary issues surrounding marriage and family counseling today, broken down into legal, ethical and professional considerations.

 

The updated Fifth Edition includes a number of new topics, including multicultural issues reflecting institutional oppression; the significance of supervision in both skill acquisition and professional acculturation in one’s early career; nontraditional family care; conflicts between legal and ethical obligations; emerging issues in MFT licensure; and ethical and empirical considerations related to evidence-based care.

 

New Features:

  • New Ethical Code – An examination of the 2012 Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
    Case examples located in three special chapters allow readers to consider realistic client situations and considerations as they cover related topics and content in the text. 
  • “Reflections” features located throughout the text offer illustrations and accompanying stimulus questions that promote discussions and thought in graduate classes, group settings, or other forums of professional dialogue. 
  • A revised discussion of value-sensitive care and the ecology of therapy concerning layers of values and sources of power within families allow readers to examine the distinct and often competing personal and systemic factors affecting their care for clients. 
  • An emphasis on professional acculturation in decision-making provides pre-service counselors with a unique framework for examining dissonance and finding balance in the personal and professional roles of therapists.  
  • An examination of mandatory versus discretionary actions in ethical behavior helps students distinguish between the compelling requirements in ethical codes versus their responsible freedom for judgment based on their professional acculturation in ethical decision-making. 
  • An expanded discussion of multicultural concerns give readers the opportunity to consider both established and novel strategies for increasing their culturally sensitive care with individuals, couples, and families. 
  • Coverage of emergent legal issues and recent court cases give readers the opportunity to contemplate their existing therapy, supervisory, instructional, or research practices in light of contemporary legal decisions. 
  • Coverage of new professional issues and research allow readers to reflect upon the most current information affecting their professional identity, options for professional development, and anticipated challenges for care with individuals, couples, and families.
  • A revised format and updated references provides students with an even more thoughtful presentation of information as well as a significant number of new references and resources.